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[Adapted from website:] Meraj
[Date:] 17 Bahman 1399 [5 February 2021]
The Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpaygani
Visiting the Religious Authority
On 15 Azar 1397 [6 December 2018], members of the Baha’i Research Institute were honoured to visit the Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpaygani. In this visit, Ayatollah Safi Golpaygani warned about facing Baha’ism and avoiding its magnification in the society, and stressed the need for accurate and scientific monitoring and response to their suspicions on behalf of the Islamic society.
He said that since the beginning, the fabrication and manipulation of the Islamic traditions and stories, and misunderstanding and abusing the Quranic verses and narrations of the holy family of Mohammad (PBUH), with no scientific measures, have been on the agenda of the propagators and the leaders of this perverse sect and called for those involved in the Institute to pay a great deal of attention to this issue and investigate this Baha’i method of propaganda.
In this visit, Ayatollah Safi talked about his memories of the Baha’is’ hidden teaching methods during his childhood and early youth in Golpaygani. One of the most important points that he mentioned was the story of the nephew of Mirza Abu’l-Faḍl Golpaygani. One of the teachers of the perverse Baha’i sect, called Sheikh Jafar Golpaygani, had become the Friday prayer leader of one of the mosques of the city. He had become Baha’i under the banner of Friday prayer leadership, and by performing the Islamic rituals, tried very hard to instigate doubts amongst the Muslims. When his relationship with Abu’l-Fadl Golpaygani was discovered, and it became evident that he had joined the perverse Baha’i sect, people chased him away from the mosque. He was in trouble and was forced to pay back all the prayer [monies] people had paid under his leadership. The father of Ayatollah Safi Golpaygani had a distinguished and special role in exposing Sheikh Jafar’s deception.
The important and bitter part of this incident is that the confrontation of the religious people of Golpaygan coincided with the central governance of Reza Shah, and a few of the city’s religious people were arrested. It is interesting that, as a result of the firm and intelligent behaviour of the people of Golpaygan, which was guided under the auspices of his father, none of the residents of the town became Baha’i, and all the people unanimously expressed their detestation of the senseless propaganda method of the perverse Baha’i sect.
In this visit, with regard to the incident of the propaganda of Baha’is in Shahroud, Ayatollah Safi Golpaygani pointed to his interventions through the instructions of Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi, and his collaboration with Ayatollah Namazi.
In conclusion to this visit, after expressing thanks for the hard work carried out for elucidating the reality of this sect, and the authenticity of Mahdism, he requested the continuation of their efforts. Referring to the importance of those Baha’is who have recanted, such as Abdu’l-Hosein Ayati, Fazlollah Sobhi and Hasan Nikoo, he also requested the revival of their books and stressed the follow-up of the restoration and repair works to their graveyards, for keeping alive their memories in the society.